One of the top winter events in Vermont is the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend in Burlington, VT. This is a great event for guests of Swift House Inn to check out during a winter getaway at our bed and breakfast in Middlebury, VT.
Taking place February 27th – March 1st, 2015, this year marks the 20th anniversary for the Magic Hat Mardi Gras Weekend and it just gets better every year. Gogol Bordello will be starting everything off right with a fantastic kick off party at the Higher Ground Ball Room on February 27th, 2015 at 8:30. Tickets for that event are $30 in advance or $32 at the door. This talented, high-energy group combines punk with Gypsy music and an original sound with horns, fiddles, and a rhythm that is highly entertaining.
On Saturday, the main highlight will be the parade that will start at 3:00 and make its way down Main St. towards the waterfront. We encourage you to make your way down there early to snag a great viewing spot—you will want to be close to the action as the floats throw out beads, moon pies and Lake Champlain chocolates! There are special viewing zones for those with disabilities and families with young children as well as a free shuttle that can bring you downtown if you prefer parking away from the crowds or walking a long way.
Before the parade starts, there will be a myriad of fun events to check out as well. You can take your pick between the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Sambatucada performance, Winter Marketplace, King & Queen of Mardi Gras Costume Contest, and the Grippo Funk Band. After the parade, head over to City Hall Park for more live music and get your fill of New Orleans food and Magic Hat beer at the Winter Bazaar.
On Sunday, take the time for a relaxed lunch at one of the many restaurants in Burlington, take tours of the Magic Hat Artifactory and Lake Champlain Chocolates, or perhaps hit the slopes at Smugglers’ Notch.
Clear your calendar for this great event and reserve your room at Swift House Inn to make sure your weekend is not only fun but relaxing as you enjoy your down time at our classic Vermont country inn. You can view all of the rooms in our Main House, Carriage House, and Gate House and book directly online or contact us at (866) 388-9925 for more information. Don’t forget to ask about our Winter Packages!